Wow, things have been so hectic and there's been lots of stress lately. What is in the air this year??? 3 friends have had appendicitis, several people I know very well and love have died, and it seems like things keep popping up to thwart my natural tendency toward light-heartedness. Still, I'll keep fighting through it. I'm a flamboyant weirdo--I admit that--but please don't think I'm a drama queen and thriving on all this upheaval. I'm still looking for the laugh in every silver cloud.
I found out Thursday a very dear family friend died suddenly in his sleep Wed night/Thu morning, so I'm driving up to Oklahoma with me mum Saturday morning for the funeral. He wasn't a young man, but he wasn't that old either--maybe 70ish-- and I thought I'd see him again. He was a delightful human being and I'll always remember him warmly. He was a Southern(US) Irish-type tenor, and once we sang a duet together(I'll Fly Away), he on melody and me on harmony - it was one of my favorite times singing in public. I'm going to treasure that memory as long as I live.
Anyway, we'll drive to the town a ways south of Oklahoma City and then drive back after the service. I expect I'll get some fabulous photos in OK, at least I hope so. Not that we ever run out of stuff to talk about, but I brought David Sedaris' book Dress your Family in Corduroy on tape to listen to - those stories are a scream. I love hearing him talking about his ultra off-kilter family. The best stories about his family are about his parents in Me Talk Pretty One Day. I don't know - maybe this is a peculiar inclination -- but I find it oddly comforting that there are people out there with such kooky tendencies - it makes me feel a trifle more normal.
I haven't resorted to blogging at work, but I'm having difficulty staying focused and on-task lately at my job. My favorite resident came in today and she and I had a gab-fest that was just out-of-control - I'll bet we talked about 30 minutes without drawing breath. And I didn't want to stop then. We've decided we have the same mental illness. We feel normal when we're together. That's good, isn't it?
Anyway - I'm taking care of all my responsibilities, but I don't want to feel I'm just eking by. Then again, my tendency is to go overboard and do too much. Maybe I've torqued down to a reasonable level of commitment? I suppose time will tell.
I've been off coffee for 4 years now, but I'm sorta thinking of dipping my toe back into the carafe. Will let you know how that works out.
Have a great weekend, folks!